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Arson charges laid in connection with southeast Saskatoon fires

A man has been charged with two counts of arson in connection with fires in southeast Saskatoon on Tuesday evening. File / Global News

A 27-year-old man has been charged with arson in connection with two fires in southeast Saskatoon on Tuesday evening.

Firefighters were called to the 2400 block of Cairns Avenue at about 6:15 p.m., after a detached garage caught fire.

While en-route, one of the fire engines encountered a man standing in the road “attempting to impede response to the fire,” the Saskatoon Fire Department said in a news release. The crew drove around him.

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When firefighters arrived, a bystander was trying to put out the flames with a garden hose.

Crews got the fire under control within about 20 minutes, using water and foam, Saskatoon Fire said.

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A fire investigator determined the blaze, which also affected a nearby fence, was incendiary. Estimated damages are $10,000.

While on scene, a neighbour told firefighters that his recycling bin had been set on fire, and he put it out with a fire extinguisher.

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Shortly after police were called to the garage fire at about 6:20 p.m., they were told residents saw a man lighting fires in a nearby alley, near the 2300 block of McKinnon Avenue South, Saskatoon police said in a news release.

He was arrested without incident and charged with two counts of arson.

The city has had more suspicious fires this year than in all of 2019.

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